Document & Artifact Collection (Advantages (may be best source of data…
Document & Artifact Collection
documents & artifacts - part of research setting
sources of data
3D physical things
objects in environment
popular culture documents
film, video, photography
determining validity of written
part of research process
questions to test authenticity
history of doc?
how did I get it?
what guarantee is there?
is doc complete?
has it been tampered with?
who is/was author?
document/artifacts have been underused in qual research
preferences for other forms of data collection
researchers prefer to produce own data
distrust own competency in using documentary materials
documents may not be in a form that is useful for researchers
determining authenticity & accuracy
may be best source of data on particular subject; better than observations & interviews
easily accessible; most free; time saving
library offers excellent range of comparison groups
can be used in same manner as observations & interviews
data can produce descriptive info
data is stable; presence of researcher does not influence data at all
documentary data - OBJECTIVE; unobtrusive